A dog socialization class in South Bend, IN

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1. Carrie Mezo The Dog Thinks What? LLC
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4.9 (16)
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  • 5 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves South Bend, IN
"I'd like to preface this review with an apology to the reader. It’s a bit long. I strongly believe that if you are going to trust someone with a member of your family, you have to arm yourself with as much information as possible in order to choose the RIGHT trainer :-) Carrie is an amazing dog behaviorist! My bratty 3 yr old pitbull (Anabel) spent 14 days in her home as a board & train. I was fairly nervous about sending my beloved dog to a stranger for 2 weeks, but from the moment that I met Carrie I was completely at ease and trusted that she would take good care of Anabel. Needless to say, she did not disappoint. I was so impressed with her results that I purchased a package of 4 in-home sessions to help with my old Spaniel. Both purchases were worth every penny & I'd use her again in a hearbeat. Her prices are way beyond reasonable, especially considering how experty she is ;-) During the board & train I was getting daily communication on Anabel's progress as well as her general mood. This was a godsend, because if you're anything like me, 14 days away from your baby is torture! Carrie sent me daily texts, pics & even videos. The before & after video she made was crazy amazing! Anabel came home with her same goofy personality, but now she was OBEDIENT! Super cool :-) For our in-my-home sessions, not only did she work with my dogs, but she trained me as well. Carrie gave me the information & tools I needed to be an effective pack leader. She is an absolute wealth of knowledge on dog behaviors, their thought processes & how the human pack leader can use this information to have happy & healthy dogs. Her schedule is extremely flexible & she always figured out a way to work with my fairly rigid work hours. Also, these sessions never felt rushed. She took her time to explain things to me (often more than once) and never gave me the sense that she was "on the clock", like, "ok, your hour is up." If we were working on a new challenge, she made sure we finished the lesson & that my endless questions were answered, even if time ran over. She's very chill like that. One of the best things about Carrie is that she is straight forward with you, but in a compassionate manner. You get no BS from her. As in, if you're doing something that is causing negative reactions in your dogs (which I was, unknowingly), she will give you constructive criticism & then teach you how to fix it without making you feel like a dummy! I can't say enough good things about this lady. It’s quite obvious that Carrie loves what she does as she is without a doubt BRILLIANT at it!!"
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

How old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

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